Award for Prof. Roth


Georg Roth honored for commitment to the MLZ

For his great, long-term commitment, the MLZ has now awarded Prof. Dr. Georg Roth from RWTH Aachen University. With the award for instrumentation and scientific use, the MLZ honors Roth's achievements, especially with the two diffractometers with hot neutrons, HEiDi and POLI.

The award, a replica of the atomic egg and FRM II made of aluminum, was presented by Prof. Dr. Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Scientific Director of FRM II and MLZ, as part of the university group leader meeting on September 22nd. Georg Roth, who retired at the end of July, left “a huge painful gap”, said Müller-Buschbaum in his laudatory speech.

The great merit at MLZ Roths was to separate the two instruments POLI, with polarized, hot neutrons, and the single crystal diffractometer HEiDi, which initially shared a beam of hot neutrons, in 2014. The Aachen professor successfully applied for a total of five joint research projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for this and for the further development of the two instruments over the years. Two research projects acquired by Roth are currently running at POLI and HEiDi, which are funded by the German Research Foundation. In addition, Georg Roth was involved as an expert on the committee for the allocation of measurement times at FRM II and as a lecturer in the Lab Course at the Jülich Center for Neutron Science, which introduces students to research with neutrons in Garching and Jülich every year. From 2011 to 2014 he was a member of the Neutron Research Committee in Germany.

Georg Roth thanked him warmly for the award, which fits well into his collection, because when he left his employees he had already received 3-D models of the POLI and HEiDi instruments he was in charge of at the MLZ. Above all, Georg Roth thanked his five employees at the MLZ, the “core team”, as well as the many post-docs and doctoral students “who did all the work”. In his acceptance speech, Roth also remembered his predecessor Prof. Dr. Gernot Heger, who built the HEiDi diffractometer.

After studying mineralogy and completing his doctorate at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Georg Roth went to the Department of Materials Science at Stanford University, USA, as a PostDoc. From 1986 to 1995 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Nuclear Solid State Physics at the Karlsruhe Research Center. During this time Georg Roth completed his habilitation in 1993 at the Philipps University of Marburg.

In 1995 Georg Roth was appointed to the professorship for Applied Crystallography and Mineralogy at RWTH Aachen University. From 2009, he also took over the management of the Institute for Crystallography.

Georg Roth is already the second recipient of the MLZ instrumentation award. In 2019 Prof. Dr. Götz Eckold from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen received the award from Peter Müller Buschbaum.

More information and photos on the MLZ Garching website.